Cricket South Africa used its Annual General Meeting to rubbish claims that it was bankrupt or that its chief executive was an all-powerful administrative dictator.
There was also talk of a unified front and request for patience as new initiatives and new structures are put in place. The organisation’s president, Chris Nenzani, who, as a result of a change to CSA’s constitution was granted an extra year in his position, making him the longest serving president of the organisation in its history, said it would be better to judge CSA’s changes in 12 months time.
Cricket SA’s chief executive, Thabang Moroe, has taken a number of projects under his watch, including a new structure around the national team, that in Moroe’s words, he hoped would move the organisation closer to the Proteas. Many have viewed this as part of a power grab that could see him have enormous influence over the make up of the team, its culture and even how it plays.
However, Nenzani pushed back strong against that notion. “The board has given the executive management, through the CEO, more responsibilities, not power. There's a difference between power and responsibility. With responsibility comes accountability but power can be exercised arbitrarily with scant regard for accountability,” said Nenzani.
“The kind of responsibility given to the CEO and his management comes with high level of accountability.”